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Heather Sills
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Why would you buy an Android? That's what I was asked today, not in a curious, openminded way, but more of a condescending, disgusted tone. As if I am a traitor to Apple.

I love my iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Therefore should I not purchase another OS to broaden my knowledge, skills, and abilities? Should I only ever buy Apple devices? I don't recall reading anything in the Apple Terms and Conditions (although it could potentially be there!) that Apple owns me and that I should only ever purchase Apple devices or be committed for treason.

In a world where technology changes so rapidly I thought it a wise investment to purchase a Nexus7. I can have the best of both worlds now. In my job, because I am seen as tech savvy (I am not compared to most people here...but in my office I am a genius!), I get thrown all sorts of devices to fix. I look ridiculous because it takes me a while to find things on their android phones because I am not used to the settings or navigation of these devices. Why not learn both? =) then I can be a master of everything!

It really bothers me that I might be considered a hypocrite of sorts for widening my horizons and exploring something different, it is as if Apple owners can't see the benefits of owning an Android, nor the limitations of Apple. They truly believe in one device to rule them all. For me, I am sitting on the fence, I think they are both brilliant OS with each having their own advantages and disadvantages.

So why wouldn't I buy an Android?
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Very cool website for those interested in typography. I just uploaded an image I found on g+ that had a font I liked, it analysed it, and told me what font it was!
Now I can buy that font and use it myself. Brilliant.
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I have been using Windows 8 on my PC for a little over 3 weeks now and thought I would share my findings. If anyone has any tips and tricks for getting a better user experience please share!

Crisp, colourful, and customisable. Easily change colour scheme, layout, and background of your start screen.

The tiles are neat, again customisable, and make accessing programs and apps simple. Once you find and add all the programs you regularly use, the tiles make everything just one click away. Note: it does take a while to get out of the habit of trying to get at things from the start menu.
Live tiles is a neat little addition, where you can get tidbits of news, weather, stock market, etc all on your start screen.
Easily make tiles bigger or smaller (your only options) by right-clicking on them.

I haven't really gotten into the apps, but have downloaded a few old favorites that are missing from installation (minesweeper!). I am sure with time I will become more reliant on apps rather than opening my browser. But for now I am keeping it simple!

Everything is just a right-click away. Second nature now that if you want more information or to do something different all you have to do is right click. Windows 8 is no different. Add an attachment to an email from the email app, just right-click.
The key to Windows 8 is the four corners of your screen.
Bottom Left - Start Screen
Top left (and drag down) - You get a list of all your open apps.
Top right and bottom - Are what they are calling 'Charms' I personally don't see the big deal about these. They are handy, yes, but I could think of some better 'charms' to put a power button (see below).

My favourite feature of Windows 8. You can 'snap' any open app to a narrow panel on either the left or right of your screen to keep it open. In the day and age of multitasking (come on, who hasn't got at least 4 browser tabs open right now?) this feature allows you to keep important apps open while you work, I keep my Gmail open at all times now, and dont have to flick between tabs to read or respond to an email.

Everything is connected...all the time. Email, Calendar, News, Messages (Facebook and Messenger), Friends, etc. Gone are the days when I had to boot up my computer, open a browser, log into an account of some sort, just to achieve a simple task like writing an email.

Shutting Down
This I don't like. I am convinced there is a better way to do this, because it surely can't be as hard as I am making it (if you know please share!). At the moment I have to open charms, got to Settings > Power > Shut Down.

Overall, I would recommend upgrading to Windows 8. For the small price of approximately $60 (AUD) it is well worth it, for productivity and design.
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Unless you have a touchscreen PC, I can't see what you like in it.

You're able to get it (Windows 8) for $15 using which appears to be open to anyone, then there is a free media centre upgrade.

Still, I don't like the idea of having to drag things around with my mouse/touchpad
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IT • PROGRAMMING • Geeks vs Non-Geeks
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So true Heather. I can't count the number of times I have been at that point where the blue and red lines diverge and mentally flip the coin.
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Not a replacement device, but would definitely be on my birthday list (can you make it available for 14 Feb 2013?)!
We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.

A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do.

Please follow along as we share some of our ideas and stories. We’d love to hear yours, too. What would you like to see from Project Glass?

+Babak Parviz +Steve Lee +Sebastian Thrun
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Guess who just got an #Ingress code!
My Nexus7 has shipped and it should be in my hot little hands in 3 days.
Cannot contain my excitement.
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No, I am going to have to use wifi hotspot too, as they haven't got the 3G version available in Australia (that I know of).
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Despite not yet having an #Ingress code I am shopping online for an #Android device to play it with.
Any suggestions for a device? I have already have an iPhone 5 and iPad. I am looking for something versatile enough that I will find uses for it (apart from playing #Ingress ), so preferably something a little different to what I already have.
I would rather something with 3G (or 4G), but not on a contract as I will only require data.
+Brandon Badger when you send me my invite...I WILL BE READY!
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Yay, just ordered my nexus 7! You win google...
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I just registered for this free online course...
I am definitely not a pro at searching. I just type keywords into the box and hope for the best..and rarely bother looking past the 2nd results page!
=) hopefully I will learn a few tricks to get more out of my searches, and spend less time sifting through information!
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My uni is embracing G+, and this semester we have been encouraged to collaborate on here rather than wikis.
I think it is great that higher education is utilising (all) available resources and getting students to develop their skills in communicating through mediums that are being used most prevalently in society.
However, I am finding it full on with all the 'new' ways to communicate with lecturers and other students, because of course, it is different for every unit.
With moodle, discussion posts, wikis, chat, topic notes, text books, recordings of lectures, and now G+ (which was previously reserved for my 'break' from uni work), less time is being spent learning the content, than it is trying to find it.
This might be the only time you ever hear me say this...but it would be nice to go back to a time when life was simple...just once I would like to be told 'this week all you need to do is read chapter 7, and listen to the lecture'.
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I think (trying not to be biased) that G+ would be a much more appropriate tool.
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Damn, I thought I thought of this all by myself...but alas, I found this site from over a year ago.
Obviously the idea hasn't taken off, and I can't see why.
A share button on a keyboard would be awesome (no more searching the page for one...or copy-pasting a link).
Any reason this is a bad idea?
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Awesome, thanks Craig. I will try it out and let everyone know how I go!
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I have neglected G+ for what seems like a lifetime...and I hate to say it...I have been twittering instead. Not for myself, but for my job...and I actually like it (I must since it is 9:30pm on a public holiday). This is the first time I have really used twitter but it is really easy, and doesn't require as much thought as G+ (although people still manage to be stupid and offensive in 140 characters). We are also facebooking, but that isn't going as well (only 8 likes compared to 47 followers in less than a week)

What I have found is that:
1. Facebook is for gossip.
2. Twitter is for (I am still not 100% sure...but it is addictive)
3. G+ is still for intelligence

What do you think? What is the best way to communicate with the community? Print, social media, radio?

PS. I have asked this on the other two sites (a couple of days ago) and have had no response...maybe I will go better here where people actually read and communicate (you can tell which one I favour!)
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=) G+ wins thanks to your comment!

Thanks Emilie, this is what I love about G+, people read posts because they want to learn, communicate, and innovate...not just tell you what they had for breakfast!
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But think of all the things you wouldn't know...if it wasn't for rabbit holes!
XKCD's "Nerd Sniping" is the epitome of rabbit holing. The geek's Achille's Heel. I recently decided practice my algorithms skills everyday by working through Skiena's Algori...
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  • University of New England
    Bachelor of Education (Primary), 2010 - present
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